While some of us get a vicarious kick of watching this kind of thing on TV shows devoted to 'gross' food, it's a quite different matter when the food has been specially prepared for you. Politeness and the feelings of your host are very important, but do you really want to spend the next 24 hours camped out in the bathroom?
Obviously a true allergy or a religious/moral restriction are easy to navigate, but often that's not the case. Seasoned travelers are used to this and are adventuresome eaters because it clearly comes with the territory. But as mentioned previously, this can happen close to home and doesn't necessary mean gross (to you) or unfamiliar food. Often, it's the level of spiciness, the preparation, or some food combination that just doesn't work for you.
How do you handle such delicate situations?
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